Aug 23 2009

Things on my mind — and digging out of a rut

Earlier this month, I mentioned that I was in a rut. I think I’m on the way out!

This weekend, I went to a beauty salon and got a haircut — the first haircut I’ve had since becoming a mom! Wow, it was time. I don’t love the cut, but anything is better than my daily sloppy ponytail. The salon also offered me a complimentary hand massage. Yes, please!

After that, I had my eyebrows threaded and grabbed a cookie at the food court.

Did I mention I was by myself? I’m very rarely out in public without Johnny. Just having a little bit of quiet time to take care of myself did lots for me.

I’ve noticed that when you spend the bulk of your time caring for others, it can be hard to remember to take care of yourself. Just like they say on airplanes: Put on your own oxygen mask first! Then, help your kiddo. Or something like that.

Also this weekend, we discovered a new-to-us thrift store that we love. Clean, well-organized, and high-quality goods. I picked up a lined brown jacket/blazer for a dollar. A dollar!

A similar item had been on my fall clothes shopping list, and I’m glad I got it for such a bargain.

I plan to check out other thrift stores in this area to see where other deals may be had. If you haven’t been to any of your local thrift stores in awhile (or ever) it might be a good time to give ’em a look!

Lastly, I’m trying to put a bit more structure into my days. Being a SAHM with a do-it-yourself schedule, it can be overwhelming to figure out how to get things done. Know what I mean? I do well with structure, but creating my own order seems to be harder for me.

I’ve tried FlyLady in the past, but her system isn’t quite for me. I checked out Sidetracked Home Executives* from the library and while it had some good concepts (and lots of sidetracking, heh) I don’t think a 3×5″ notecard system is quite right for me, either.

I’m putting together my own organizer, sort of control journal/home management binder style.

It’s too soon to tell whether I’ll be able to create something I stick with, but I’m hopeful.

To sum up — if you’re finding yourself in a rut like me, be sure to take care of yourself! And never underestimate the power of a haircut.

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13 Responses to “Things on my mind — and digging out of a rut”

  1. I’m so glad you’re taking some time for you! It’s amazing how something as simple as a haircut can change your perspective so much. Good for you!

  2. I know exacctly what you mean about spending just a little bit of time on yourself can totally transform and rejuvinate you.

    And with a 3 yr old and a 1.5 yr old, I find myself still learning this lesson all over again every once in awhile. I guess it’s a lifelong journey.

  3. Congrats on taking some time for yourself! I know I feel like a whole new person when I can regularly get just a couple of hours away – even if it is just to grocery shop! :-)

    I’ve found that as a stay-at-home mom it is really easy to let the days just escape from you if you don’t have a plan. I set monthly, weekly and daily goals (or lists, if you like that word better), and it really helps me stay on track and feel like I’m accomplishing things. Just remember to plan for some fun too!

    (And on a side note… I love your blog’s new look!)

  4. I chopped off a LOT of hair on Friday night and I feel like a different person. This morning I put on jewelry and make-up before 6 AM. And I agree–when you are with your child most of the time, being alone for a few hours can make a world of difference. I wish you lived closer to we could go do fun things together!

    Also, I love the new blog design too!


  5. I love the power of a good haircut, and getting your eyebrows done. I always feel like a new person when I walk out of the salon!

  6. ME-time is so important – I try to pencil in some {me-time} everyday!

  7. That’s awesome! I’m glad your rut is almost gone. Taking time for yourself is key, for sure. And great new blog look!

  8. Flylady is actually based on the Sidetracked Home Executives methods. I have used both over the years to try to get organized but I am so totally born unorganized that it seems impossible. I bought the Sink Reflections book thinking it would help, but my family didn’t get on board like is supposed to magically happen. I know I can’t use the excuse that I work since Flylady won’t let me have that excuse either. LOL. Good luck with getting organized!

  9. I guess I should clarify — the FlyLady system makes a lot of sense, but I just can’t hack the e-mails. It stresses me out to have that many cluttering up my inbox! And then I get sidetracked and then nothing gets done. Arg

  10. Hi Kacie!
    I too have tried Flylady and failed. It’s nice to see you starting to get out of the rut u talked about. I am a fellow Pitt resident like you. And I am always looking for recommendations for good salons and spas. Not that I go a lot, but I never like to try one without asking around first. So, did u like yours enough to recommend it to a friend or in this case blog reader? If so what is this place called?
    Thanks, and good luck with the organizing system.

  11. Hi Kacie
    I’ve read your blog for quite a while and occasionally post a comment. I really enjoy the topics you share! I too have tried Flylady and failed many a times. I found this website… to be a bit easier to follow. Very similar to Flylady…but I find the routine more manageable. You might want to check it out!
    Keep up the good work and thanks for sharing all you do!


    This is a GREAT help in getting organized.A few big chores each day..makes me feel like I got something done I wouldn’t normally think about (like windows- one a day), She has samples on her website to look at. I really like it!!

  13. Thanks for the link to Motivated Moms, Stephanie and Tammy! I’ll give it a look.

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Hey! I'm Kacie, wife to Shane and mother to Jonathan (7), Vivienne (5) and Amelia (2) . I write about my family's finance: how we save money, improve our spending, and plan for the future.

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